Quotation by Thomas Mann

Six months at most after they get here, these young people—and they are mostly young who come—have lost every idea they had, except flirtation and temperature.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 198, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).

Settembrini's critique of the Magic Mountain Society.
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